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Photographs of Public Libraries in Wisconsin

Learn about how the Wisconsin Free Library Commission helped to establish and improve free public libraries in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Wisconsin Attorney General and State Senator

Snapshots of Daily Life

Study this collection of family photos and see a natural, simple view of everyday life in early 20th-century Randolph, Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

1857 Promenade Dress

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Promenade dress worn by Hannah Billinghurst of Juneau, Wisconsin, 1857. (Museum object #1955.1449,A)

Historical Essay

Mayville Iron Parlor Stove

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Gothic revival parlor stove made of iron ore from Mayville, Wisconsin, 1846. (Museum object #1999.141.1)

Wisconsin Civil War Historian and Author

Read about the man who wrote the most cited book on Wisconsin's involvement in the Civil War. This article includes several links to his work.

Historical Essay

Southern Colonial Dollhouse

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Southern Colonial dollhouse handmade and furnished by Ann Little of Columbus, Wisconsin, 1976-1977. (Museum object #2007.191.1)

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Politician, Sheriff

Promotions on Paper, 1850s-1975

Custom-designed letterheads were a universal way of proclaiming who you were. Historical letterheads are prime examples of early branding.

Historical Essay

Prohibition Soda Pop

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Case of soda pop bottles shipped by the Kurth Company of Columbus, Wisconsin during prohibition, 1920-1933. (Museum object #1994.77.1)

Historical Essay

Caine Mutiny Costume

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Naval uniform costume worn by actor Fred MacMurray in the 1954 motion picture "The Caine Mutiny." (Museum object #2009.19.1)

Jim Widmer's 'Spirit of Rural Wisconsin,' Part I

Jim Widmer's photographs of Theresa, Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Victorian Baby Carriage

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Baby carriage used by the McFetridge family of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, c. 1871. (Museum object #1963.135.225)

Jim Widmer's 'Spirit of Rural Wisconsin,' Part II

Jim Widmer's photographs of the Friday fish fry dinner tradition in Wisconsin.
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